Food & Drink

Gavin Kaysen, owner of Demi, Spoon and Stable and Bellecour

Five Twin Cities chefs are among the contenders for Best Chef: Midwest, and the full list of James Beard Award semifinalists features several other local chefs and restaurants.

Carla Johnson of Victoria Street Bakery cuts dough into scones.

Victoria Street Bakery owner Carla Johnson invited our editor into her kitchen to learn how to bake classic English scones.

A variety of dried and fresh mushrooms.

Let dried mushrooms whet your appetite.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Punch

Create a Cheshire Cat grin-inducing cocktail.

A tablescape set for a party.

Disinvite complication to your next party.

The ingredients of the 8th Day cocktail are poured into a glass coffee mug.

Steep in the sweet flavors of a warm beverage.

An aperitif sits on a bar cart with a bottle of liquor from Tattersall.

Learn about aperitifs and digestifs from knowledgeable purveyors.

A variety of cookies baked in muffin tins from The Cookie Cups.

Switch up your holiday meal with muffin-shaped goodies from Cookie Cups.

A woman reads from "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" while preparing a meal.

"Salt, Fat, Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking" by Samin Nosrat saved our columnist's home-cooked meal.